The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting

A Remedy For Wrong

"There must always be a remedy for
wrong and injustice if we only know how
to find it."

-Ida B. Wells
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Please tune in to the virtual awards ceremony on June 8th at 4:00 p.m. The top three investigations will be honored.


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SPECIAL GUEST

Ron Nixon is global investigations editor at the Associated Press where he oversees the news agency’s investigative unit. Nixon received the inaugural 2021 News Leader of the Year award from the News Leaders Association.

He has overseen investigations that have won a number of awards including the Selden Ring, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Anthony Shadid. The team won a 2020 national Emmy in collaboration with PBS Frontline for an investigation into the record-breaking numbers of migrant children in detention under President Trump. A second collaboration with Frontline and the Global Reporting Centre also won an IRE award for an investigation into the impact of Covid-19 on the global medical supply chain. Members of the team also won the 2020 Hal Boyle Award and 2021 Joe and Laurie Dine Award from the Overseas Press Club.

Ron Nixon
Global Investigations Editor at the Associated Press

JUDGES

Christopher Bury
DePaul University
Jackie Spinner
Colombia College Chicago
Charles Whitaker
Northwestern Medill
Brant Houston
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
Laura Washington
Chicago Sun-Times & ABC 7

PRIZES

1st Place - $15,000
2nd Place - $7,000
3rd Place - $4,000
Readers' Choice Prize - $1,000

ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting: A Remedy for Wrong, presented by Better Government Association will be held via a virtual video ceremony at 4:00 p.m. on June 8, 2021.

Judged by a rotating panel of journalists and media educators, the awards highlight the impact of Illinois investigative reporting as a reform tool within the context of state and local government waste, fraud and corruption.

The Better Government Association hosts The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting with the generous support of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The Foundation supports investigative reporting that fosters greater transparency, accountability, and effectiveness in government institutions at the local level.

LAST YEAR'S WINNERS

In 2020, we honored three outstanding investigative stories and the talented reporters who uncovered them:

1st Place $15,000 &
Readers' Choice $1,000

"The Quiet Rooms" by Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune; Jodi S. Cohen and Lakeidra Chavis, ProPublica Illinois

2nd Place
$7,000

"Unwarranted: Wrong Raids" by Dave Savini, Michele Youngerman, Samah Assad, Rebecca McCann, Deandre Taylor and Mike Klingele, WBBM-TV

3rd Place
$4,000

"The Bad Bet" by Jason Grotto and Sandhya Kambhampati, ProPublica Illinois; Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ Public Radio

RULES

The submission period has closed. Tune in on June 8 to see the awards.

Judged by a rotating panel of journalists and media educators, the awards highlight the impact of investigative reporting as a reform tool within the context of state and local government waste, fraud and corruption. In addition to using credible and impressive investigative techniques, the winning entries will have made significant contributions to inform the public on issues of government failings and corruption and will have prompted reforms. There is no limit to how many stories you may submit, and newsrooms may submit multiple entries from multiple reporters.

Individuals or news organizations may submit multiple entries. However, each story or series of stories should be submitted separately. Supporting material will be accepted but is not necessary. SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY April 2, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. All applications must meet standards set forth in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. Entities that are principally advocacy organizations are not eligible. Entries should include all related corrections, clarifications or retractions.

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